"In this thesis I explore how support for the spiritual development of students in secular colleges and universities is evolving, particularly in response to the increased diversity of the student population and the rising numbers of religiously unaffiliated students, many of whom are disinterested in, even hostile to, religion. To serve this population, some chaplains are shifting their primary focus to interfaith dialog, service to others, and the exploration of questions of meaning and... Topics: Spiritual life, College students--Religious life--United States, Universities and colleges--United...
The author proposes a, “Reading in Retreat,” a three day retreat based on one of Hildegard‟s most holistic symbols- viriditas, greenness, the effective presence and working of the Holy Spirit in creation and in our spiritual lives.8Viriditas belongs to a group of symbols (a symbol cluster) that evoke wholeness and salvation. The retreat explores the symbol itself, how Hildegard uses this symbol, and how it supports a healthy spirituality. By focusing on a particular symbol, we can learn... Topics: Hildegard, Saint, 1098-1179, Spiritual life, Spiritual formation
"The Christian Karens are the majority of Christian population in Burmese Christianity. For many decades, Christian Karens have represented the image of Burmese Christianity. Theologies of Christian Karens are considered as the theologies of Burmese Christians. The nineteenth century Christian theologies rooted in the western missionaries do not work in today’s experience of the Burmese people, both Christians and non-Christians. Today the Burmese people are experiencing political,... Topics: Karen (Southeast Asian people)--Missions, Missions--Burma, Christianity and culture--Burma,...
"This thesis gathers the experiences of a small number of Chinese Americans who, like myself, came to be members of Episcopal congregations that were largely non- Chinese. It makes no claim to be a comprehensive or authoritative “study” of all Chinese Americans in the Episcopal Church. I call the six people who shared their voices Dialog Partners rather than “research subjects.” The Dialog Partners’ voices and my own are put in conversation with literature selected from Asian... Topics: Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries, Asian-American Protestants--Religious life--United States, Chinese...
"This thesis argues that infant male circumcision is a legitimate and relevant social issue for the field of Christian ethics, and analyzes the range of contemporary Christian responses to circumcision in the United States, both academic and popular. Christianity played a role in the rise of secular medical circumcision in the Victorian period, and many American Christians practice circumcision today. Christians who oppose circumcision can productively assist the gradual, voluntary... Topics: Circumcision, Circumcision--Religious aspects--Christianity, Circumcision--Moral and ethical aspects
"The Old Catholic Church, Province of the United States (TOCCUSA) is a fledgling church in the Catholic tradition establishing its identity in the United States. As a nascent organization, it presently lacks the structure for educating its clergy. Currently, most of the clergy and membership were formed in the Roman Catholic Church and because TOCCUSA envisions a more inclusive, welcoming and contemporary Catholic Church, a new model of ministry better reflecting its ethos is desired.... Topics: Old Catholic Church in America, Catholic traditionalist movement, Independent Catholic Churches,...
"The challenges facing Afro-Anglican congregations involve questions of mission, ministry and leadership. Many Afro-Anglican congregations consist of a varied mixture of people of African-American, Afro-Caribbean, and African background or heritage. This diasporic context raises questions of identity, meaning, and purpose. It is against this backdrop that I seek to explore the heritage, identity, and ministry of Afro-Anglicans in the United States. I revision the identity and the ministry... Topics: African American Episcopalians, African American Episcopalians--Religious life, Christian...
This master's thesis will offer two models to examine worldviews for human survival: the Titanic and the Ark. I conclude that the Ark represents the preferable worldview from an ecological perspective and argue that it is the basis for a more egalitarian view of laity in the church. I also suggest similar such studies as the basis for lay-led Christian formation activities centered on Creation care. Topics: Ecotheology, Human ecology--Religious aspects--Christianity, Animals--Religious...
In 1979 conservatives in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) staged a successful coup and gained total control of the denomination. Ministers who were not “loyal to the party in power” either left the new, conservative SBC or were chased away. This thesis uses interviews with W. Randall Lolley, Ginger Barfield, Anna Anderson, Molly Marshall, and Mona West to describe their journeys into and out of the Southern Baptist Convention. Also told is the story of the author, Cindy Savage-King.... Topics: :Southern Baptist Convention--History--20th century, Southern Baptist Convention--Controversial...
Biblical reading strategies are continually emerging for oppressed peoples, including Latina/os and LGBT folk. The indigenous principle of nepantla (middle space) serves as a distinct and profitable hermeneutic in defining the unique queer Latina/o experience and opens the door to beneficial biblical reading strategies. When using queer experiences of indigenous Mesoamerica to inform and expand cultural memory, queer Latina/os are able to develop biblical reading strategies that affirm rather... Topics: Metropolitan Community Church, Bible--Hermeneutics, Hispanic American theology, Hispanic American...
Drawing on over three years of ministry in the virtual world of Second Life as a case study, this thesis explores the question, “Is online ministry ethical and effective for the spiritual development of individuals in the formation of a faith community?” We explore why many people are suspicious of the possibility of relating to others in virtual reality. Addressing the obvious issues of perceived and real anonymity, we consider how virtual relationships are similar and different to... Topics: Metropolitan Community Church, Virtual reality--Religious aspects, Second Life (Game), Shared...
Among those who work with AIDS organizations, lesbians occupy the margins. In the gay community, communites of color and in the health care industry, the contributions of lesbians to the work against AIDS goes unacknowledged ... This is my attempt to learn from and give voice to lesbians of every race, ethnicity and religious heritage who have chosen to walk with this storm. - Abstract. Topic: AIDS (Disease) -- Religious aspects
The questions that have informed my journey have been posed in light of profound relationships with remarkable people who happen to suffer from a very strange and difficult disorder. Their journeys have been fraught with uncertainty and have put tremendous emotional strain on family and friends. In seeking answers to my questions, I was invited to witness their personal struggles to maintain some form of connection with the very pulse that gives them life. Though our walks have differed, our... Topic: Alzheimer's disease -- Patients -- Religious life
The aim of this project is to put forth an approach to learning and teaching for professional development and continuing professional education among clergy in the Episcopal Church. Its interests are in the educational issues at stake in the design and process of professional development events for clergy, and its hope is to elucidate some of these issues. Topic: Episcopal Church -- Clergy
I will develop a way to understand and communicate communal grief as a process the HIV/AIDS-affected community has to go through. I will offer this as a development of grief theory in a narrative form as a Village of Grief. I will then apply this grief theory to the situation of HIV/AIDS. In order to do so I will offer a theoretical definition of the HIV/AIDS-affected community. In a next step I will describe several exemplary expressions of communal HIV/AIDS-related grief in the past and come... Topic: AIDS (Disease) -- Psychological aspects
This thesis will explore [John Henry] Newman’s notion of the development of doctrine, with attention to the historical context in which he wrote. -- Abstract. Topic: Newman, John Henry, 1801-1890. Theory of developments in religious doctrine.
Trust is the key to the success of the Metropolitan Community Chruches (MCC) as a denomination and a movement. There are so many things MCC needs in order to succeed, but I am convinced that trust and trustworthy leadership is not just a key, but THE key. Exploring the concept of trust from the viewpoint of experts in organizational development, business, and theology will be central to this project. -- Abstract. Topic: Metropolitan Community Church.
In a society and culture slowly awakening to the impact of rampant individualism and self-serving action, the quest for “community” has become a central focus of life for many people here in these United States. I particular, the concept has been picked up by the Christian churches as they reflect on the “communal” foundation of their faith, as they understand it. It is the contention of this paper that much of what is sought and understood as “community” falls short of the... Topic: Incarnation.
Although there are a number of valuable books on the general topic of children’s literature, either in German-speaking countries or in the United States, there is no book which analyzes this literature from the view point of liberation, support, and suppression. As a former teacher of literature and religious education I have a special interest in language and questions of theology. Language can be a means of support when it is used for claiming justice, but at the same time it can hush up... Topic: Storytelling.
In this thesis I have tried to illuminate the importance of using a different historical imagination in revisioning our traditions and history. A different historical imagination enables us to ask new questions, and they, in turn, lead us to further expansion of even more different historical imaginations. In my search for a different historical imagination, I have also tried to illustrate the importance of who tells what stories and how they are told. This is because stories have a strong... Topic: Martha, Saint.
A presentation of the experiences of Taiwanese women in the Christian church as a small contribution to Taiwanese Christian women and to the global women's movement. - Abstract. Topic: Christianity--Taiwan.
This thesis explored the practice of hospitality and how the church and its institutions can recover the age-old practice of hospitality in an era of market church survival. This essay is not so much a “how to do it” cookbook, although it tis grounded in experience and context, as it is ammunition in making the claim that church institutions and organizations can be transformed into living centers of mutual empowerment.-- Abstract. Topic: St. John's Episcopal Church (Wichita, Kan.)
At its heart this thesis is an invitation. I invite the reader to share the journey stated in the thesis title: Returning to Holy Wells: Reflections on Refreshing God’s People.” That returning must never cease because our spiritual grounding unfolds as a continuous process and through the repetition of what we practice. It can be no other way for we do not ‘own’ the Holy. We grow thirsty on such a journey, and we need repeated refreshment for our deepest spiritual thirsts. We seek that... Topic: Eucharistic prayers--Episcopal Church--Liturgy.
The purpose of writing the thesis that follows is to begin to lay a foundation for a Christian practice of sustainable agriculture. -- Abstract Topic: Sustainable development--Religious aspects--Christianity.
This thesis is born out of the belief that we, each and every one, have an innate ability to shed all that is earthly and “to be” in Sacred space i.e. to be one with the Divine. Whether this occurs ona mountaintop, a city street, a holy site, a church, a synagogue, mosque, or temple or at seminary; whether it involves rituals, sights and sounds belonging to a specific place; or whether it can be found in the absence of all of the above, are questions that I seek to answer through my... Topic: Vincent, Charlene.
In My Father’s House: An African American Male Ministry” is a work designed to fully empower a segment of God’s creation for the work of ministry in and out of the institutional church. It is my belief that there is a significant and underutilized community of potential believers who if empowered will be strong and faithful witnesses to God’s power and glory. It is my belief that working with African American men through retreats, prayer groups, fellowship and service opportunities, we... Topic: African American men--Religious life.
This thesis will serve those who read it as both an “introduction” and an “invitation” to feminist theology in providing a sampling of insights from a range of feminist theologians that may offer encouragement for the readers to further investigate the works written by them. This thesis is also an invitation offered to those women and men who week after week worship in their local churches only to walk out of these institutions frustrate, confused, angered, marginalized and searching... Topic: Women--Religious life--United States.
Recently, I spent nearly five months on mission pilgrimage in Aotearoa/New Zealand … During my mission I had the honour of spending a good deal of time within Nga Tikanga Maori, the Maori branch of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. I listened carefully to both verbal and non-verbal communications regarding identity and theology; seeking the ways in which persons and communities interface their Christian faith with their personal and communal realities. As I worked,... Topic: Maori (New Zealand people)--Missions.
This thesis reviews five specific examples on Unitarian Universalist architecture in the past decade. A guiding question for my study of these buildings has been whether or not these worship spaces and churches reflect the identity of the religious communities they shelter. To begin with, I will provide a brief and general overview of the historical and contemporary contexts of these buildings. A brief history of Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist architecture provides an... Topic: Unitarian Universalist church buildings--United States.
Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist are the two primary sacraments of the Church and The Book of Common Prayer clearly puts them at the core of our liturgical life together and at the core of ministry. I hope in this thesis to, in the words of Fredrica Thompsett, “weave a tapestry of advice,” which clearly lifts up the symbols and values of baptism and the ministry of the baptized as expressed in the liturgies of Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist. I am not convinced that both sacraments have... Topic: Lay ministry--Episcopal Church.
This study will help to prepare lay and ordained ministers in the Episcopal church to notice the exclusion of African-Americans from visual art in worship space. My observations about what I found and what was missing in visual art in various churches led me to write this thesis. This study is designed to meet the current need for Christian education and to prepare ministers to lead worship in liturgical space that is true to the evolving demographics of Episcopal parishes. Newcomers may arrive... Topic: Art and religion.
The aim of this thesis is to examine the global environmental crisis that has escalated in the last decade, and to explore what people of faith, specifically people adopting Buddhist and Christian ecofeminist views of the environment, can bring to the moral dilemma. --Abstract. Topic: Ecofeminism--Religious aspects--Christianity.
Metropolitan Community Churches, and other queer-affirming congregations, are communities of faith for a population that is at once privileged and oppressed: privileged, because those who self-identify as queer are often from the middle and professional classes, and oppressed because of the social and religious anti-queer stigma that is still a very large part of the dominant culture. Because of this oppression, it is predictable that congregants will, to some extent, experience feelings of... Topic: Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches.
The focus of the thesis is on the ethical foundations of Miriam Van Waters' penology, the process of locating those values entails a braid of several disciplines: biographical research, historical research, and Christian social ethics. -- Abstract Topic: Van Waters, Miriam.
As an activist and political rhetorician, Luce Irigaray continually positions her work vis-à-vis communities of women who are struggling against the oppressive logic of phallocentrism and its conception of the divine, yet her audience has been and continues to be academic feminists whose disciplinary interests rarely lead them to construct liturgies and socially-enacted rhetorics designed to test the practical force of Luce Irigaray’s theological reflections. Such is not the case, however,... Topic: Irigaray, Luce.
This thesis is a testament to my struggle to say something important that counts - to articulate a holy hunch ... The diversity found within humanity is both intentional and incarnational, and can provide an embodied means to genuine community, becuase it is the essence of and a gift from God. -- Abstract. Topic: Christianity and culture.
What does it mean to transport the methodology and insights of feminist liberation theology into another venue? Specifically, can my faith community, Metropolitan Community Church, benefit from a theology of liberation constructed using feminist liberation theology as a model? I believe the answer is an unqualified “YES!” I came to the Episcopal Divinity School to study theology from within my own context and praxis of Metropolitan Community Church; and I hoped to begin to construct a... Topic: Metropolitan Community Church--Liberation theology.
Another way of putting this is I am not speaking of discovery. Rather, it is revelation. Something existed in the situations of some people in a certain place long before I found it and declared it important to me. I am in the vulnerable position of colonialist. The northern world is finally hearing indigenous native peoples describe the devastating results to them of being “discovered” by European colonizers. Whatever there is in my discernment, therefore, must be honored as a fragile... Topic: Church work--Community outreach.
The vast discrepancy between the number of lesbian clergy who are out, employed and valued and the majority who are forced to remain closeted to retain the respect they have earned is staggering in both number and implication. Denominations that officially refuse to ordain “self-avowed, practicing homosexuals” are accepting them into the ranks of the clergy by the score as long as they remain closeted. Their gifts in ministry are clearly valued and their “calls” affirmed. This fact... Topic: Lesbian clergy.
This thesis … will examine the challenges of the Perpetua text itself; … consider the importance of dreams and dream theories in the ancient world; explore the modern interpretations of Perpetua’s dreams; … present the author’s alternate interpretation, focusing on the use of women’s dreams as a means of empowerment … will explore how the lessons how the lessons learned from the study of Perpetua’s dreams have impacted my ministry as a trustee and fund manager. I will propose... Topic: Perpetua, Saint, d. 203.
A thesis project in which I will bring together my personal journey to ministry into dialogue with issues of diversity and justice through ecumenical witness, social movements for justice, and engagement in public policy. -- Abstract. Topic: Metropolitan Community Church.
This thesis focuses on the racial and religious identity development of second-generation Kerala Christian Americans belonging to the Church of South India (CSI) congregations in North America. The primary purpose of this study is to develop ways to carry out ethnic youth ministry that would be sensitive to the ethnic identity formation of second-generation young people. In the exploration of such a ministry, this study makes the assertion that ethnic identity development of these young people... Topic: Church of South India--United States.
The truism that clergy are human includes the facts that clergy are just as prone to suffer the kind of life-crisis that other people suffer as they face the change of perspective of the second half of life. The point of view from which this thesis proceeds is that life-crisis will not be prevented by excellent formation early in a person’s ordained life, but that good early formation could mitigate some of the worst effects in later years. Secondly the Church has a role to play in taking... Topic: Episcopal Church--Clergy.
In this paper I will look at pedagogical models that make space for mutual support and encouragement, interactive dialogical learning, respectful conversation and the formation of community within the learning environment. These principles are described as feminist and anti-oppression in their focus particularly because they value the voice and opinion of all and specifically make space for marginalized opinions, views that do not coincide with the values and focus of dominant cultural... Topic: Feminist liberation theology--Study and teaching.
In this thesis I have explored the need of middle school children in Manchester for “a place” to “hang out.” Toward that end, I have also explored my own life path and the reasons I know that I am called by God to work for “a place’ of these children in Manchester. I have concluded that there are overwhelming theological, ethical, and social imperatives supporting this goal. Nonetheless, I have also concluded that Manchester has a long history of shortchanging its children. This is... Topic: Church work with teenagers--Massachusetts--Manchester.
To investigate the spirituality of women at mid-life who had made a significant decision concerning their identity and allegiance, one that had changes the course of their lives … In part, an effort to record and reflect the process of making /discovering the meaning of an important period in my life. -- Abstract Topic: Feminist theology.
The thesis of this paper is that the solution to the world’s hunger crisis is not, simply, to increase production, try and curb the world’s population growth, and deal with the periodic food shortages and famines by giving food, technology and trade assistance. After having done extensive research, I have concluded that hunger in the world today is caused by the means of production and by the unjust structures of distribution in the modern, capitalist, agricultural system. It is my... Topic: Hunger--Religious aspects--Christianity.
My hope is that an anti-racism education program offered to Christians in a predominantly white suburban community will motivate them to truly follow the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, who created an inclusive community of faithful people, regardless of their race, social or religious staus, or gender. “There is no longer Jew or Greek, thee is nom longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all are one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28) What follows is the result of a... Topic: Race relations--Religious aspects--Christianity.